St. Landry

Apr 30, 2013 3:03 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Man indicted in toddler's death accused of poking her in the head

KATC has new information about the 19-month-old Eunice toddler who died allegedly at the hands of her mother's boyfriend. According to St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court records, a forensic pathologist ruled Victoria LeJeune died from acute traumatic brain injury. Last week, a grand jury indicted Robert H. Miller III on second degree murder in the toddler's death.

On Feb. 24, when a St. Landry Parish deputy was called to check on an unresponsive Victoria at 564 Hwy. 190 Lot 17 in Eunice, he noticed "numerous bruises on the infant's face and body," court records state. Victoria was pronounced dead at Acadian Medical Center.

Four days later, on Feb. 28, while an investigator interviewed Victoria's mother, Kimberly LeJeune, she said Miller, her live-in-boyfriend, poked Victoria in the head up to five times in the eight weeks before she died, according to court records. Records also show LeJeune told the investigator that on Feb. 22, Miller poked Victoria's head multiple times, each time forcing the toddler's head back. Court documents state LeJeune told investigators her daughter "did not have the significant bruising to her face until hours after (Miller) came home from work at about 1 p.m.

The forensic pathologist who examined Victoria ruled blunt force injury killed the toddler. He stated, according to court documents, the girl had multiple head injuries.

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